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Merry Hadden : Executive Director

Merry Hadden

Executive Director

Merry is a graduate of the first AMI Assistants to Infancy Training Course, Rome, Italy, 1980-1981. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Certified Childbirth Instructor; assisted in the AMI Preparatory Course (ages 3-6) for adults in Perugia, Italy; graduated AMI Training Course, Calcutta, India in 1977 for work with ages 2.5 to 7 years; founded the Montessori N.E.S.T. in 1983; holds a B.A. in Psychology and minored in Business at St. Leo College. Merry is a AMI Assistance to Infancy Consultant and AMI 0-3 Auxiliary Trainer and has worked at AMI 0-3 Teacher Training Courses across the US and Canada.

mhadden@montessorinest.com
Mia Crabill : Administrative Director

Mia Crabill

Administrative Director

Mia joined Montessori at Roseborough in 2006. Most recently she completed Educateur sans Frontieres Assembly in South Africa. She graduated from AIU in Los Angeles, California with a BA in Fine Arts. She also completed a course focusing on business development. She has experience in the Assistants to Infancy environment as well as in school administration. Mia attended a Montessori school as a child in Sweden. Mia is involved in all aspects of school operation and should be your first point of contact.

Donald (Mr. Buddy) Hardee : Facilities Manager

Donald (Mr. Buddy) Hardee

Facilities Manager

Mr. Buddy is a “jack of all trades”. He is a US Air Force medaled veteran who served in Viet-Nam. Active in Pop Warner football, his past experience includes working at Sea World as Head Grower. He includes carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and concrete work on his resume, to name just a few talents! Buddy is also our PE coach.

 

Jessie Uvale : Infant Directress - NIDO

Jessie Uvale

Infant Directress - NIDO

Jessie graduated from the AMI Assistants to Infancy Training Course at the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2018. She received her AA from Flagler College. She was a student athlete and has worked with children of all ages coaching soccer. She is a yoga instructor and enjoys teaching yoga in her spare time.

Shelby Deavers : Assistant - NIDO

Shelby Deavers

Assistant - NIDO

Shelby holds a BA in Sociology from Illinois State University. An Illinois native, she moved to Florida in 2018. In her spare time she is an avid reader.

Kia Larkin : Toddler Directress - N.E.S.T 1

Kia Larkin

Toddler Directress - N.E.S.T 1

Kia is a former graduate of our school. She completed her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from University of South Florida. Kia received her AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma from Montessori Training Center of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Sommer Lewis : Toddler Directress- N.E.S.T 2

Sommer Lewis

Toddler Directress- N.E.S.T 2

Sommer graduated from the AMI Assistants to Infancy Training Course in Denver, Colorado. She has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies and is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations. She is active in our after school program, running club, anti-bullying program, home consultations, and parent infant class. Sommer joined the school in 2008.

Meghan Dubay : Assistant - N.E.S.T. 2

Meghan Dubay

Assistant - N.E.S.T. 2

Meghan joined the school in 2018. Prior to working in the N.E.S.T., she spent 8 years as a CNA. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Florida in 2017. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys beaching with her dog.

Deirdre Jordan : Directress - Children's House 1 (ages 3-6 years)

Deirdre Jordan

Directress - Children's House 1 (ages 3-6 years)

Deirdre holds a BS in Early Childhood from Empire State in NY. She received her AMI Primary training at Sion Hill Montessori College in Dublin, Ireland in 1982 and her ASsistants to Infancy 0-3 Diploma from the Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado in 1999. Deirdre joined the school in 2012.

Erika Trejo : Assistant - Children's House 1 (ages 3-6 years)

Erika Trejo

Assistant - Children's House 1 (ages 3-6 years)

Erica joined the school in 2010. She was a CNA before coming to Montessori. She is a native Spanish speaker. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Mikkale (Mikie) Seabaugh-Alford : Directress - Children's House 2 (ages 3-6 years)

Mikkale (Mikie) Seabaugh-Alford

Directress - Children's House 2 (ages 3-6 years)

Mikie is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in Child Development and a minor in Family Studies and is CDA Certified. She received her AMI training from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, Missouri in 1999. Mikie joined the school in 1999.

Veronica Meza : Assistant - Children's House 2 (ages 3-6 years)

Veronica Meza

Assistant - Children's House 2 (ages 3-6 years)

Veronica joined the school in 2009. Born in Mexico, she is a native Spanish speaker. She moved to Mount Dora in 2000. In her spare time she enjoys playing volleyball and going to the beach with her family.

Monica Reno : Directress - Children's House 3 (ages 3-6 years)

Monica Reno

Directress - Children's House 3 (ages 3-6 years)

Monica is a graduate from Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, with a BA in Communication. She received her AMI training from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, Missouri in 2008. Monica joined the school in 2002.

Maria Merino : Assistant - Children's House 3 (ages 3-6 years)

Maria Merino

Assistant - Children's House 3 (ages 3-6 years)

Maria is from Spain and speaks Spanish with the children. She joined us in 2013. She has worked in both our Aftercare and Summer Camp Programs. She has a BA in Industrial Drafting from Atxuri Polytechnic in Spain. She enjoys reading, travel, and puzzles in her free time.

Carla Esteva Beloso : Directress - Elementary 1 (ages 6-12 years)

Carla Esteva Beloso

Directress - Elementary 1 (ages 6-12 years)

Carla completed her AMI Elementary Teacher Training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Ms. Carla holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Madrid with a specialization in Physical Education. She is from Spain and a native Spanish speaker.

Hope Goodbread : Assistant - Elementary 1 (ages 6-12 years)

Hope Goodbread

Assistant - Elementary 1 (ages 6-12 years)

Hope has acquired her AA with a Technical Degree in Hospitality and is working on a BA in Business Management and Marketing. Born and raised in Florida, she is an avid globetrotter. She is an event planner in her off time.

Travis Williamson : Directress - Elementary 2 (ages 6-12 years)

Travis Williamson

Directress - Elementary 2 (ages 6-12 years)

Travis graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education. She received her AMI diploma from the Fondazione Centro Internazionale (Bergamo, Italy) and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland State. Travis completed Level I Therapist training from the National Institute of Learning Development in 2013 and AMI Inclusive Education certification in 2016. She has also taught at the Fountain of Knowledge in Limerick, Ireland. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in Montessori with post graduate work in Reading.

Kattie Norman : Assistant - Elementary 2 (ages 6-12 years)

Kattie Norman

Assistant - Elementary 2 (ages 6-12 years)

Ms. Kattie joined the elementary classroom in 2017. In addition to material making, she enjoys many pastimes including sewing, drawing, and painting.

Sarah Classon : Directress - Adolescent Program (ages 12-15 years)

Sarah Classon

Directress - Adolescent Program (ages 12-15 years)

Sarah has a BA in Classical Studies from Rollins College and a MA in Liberal Studies from Rollins College. She completed AMI Adolescent Training in Chihuahua, Mexico. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family in her free time.

Fawn Stam : Directress - Adolescent Program (ages 12-15 years)

Fawn Stam

Directress - Adolescent Program (ages 12-15 years)

Fawn received her BS in Ornamental Horticulture with concentration in Evolutionary Biology. She has a MA in Teaching from University of Alaska. Fawn received her AMI Adolescent training in 2014. Fawn enjoys being in natura, hiking, music, and playing the guitar.

Audra Montgomery : Directress - After Care and Summer & Holiday Camps

Audra Montgomery

Directress - After Care and Summer & Holiday Camps

Ms. Audra joined the school in 2015. She earned a BA in Advertising/Public Relations from the Nicholson School of Communication at UCF and a BA in Theatre from the UCF Conservatory Theatre in 2006. In addition to running After Care and Summer/Holiday Camps, she enjoys working with the Adolescent Program on theatrical endeavors. Ms. Audra spends her spare time hiking and gardening with her family.

Christie Duryea : Assistant - After Care, Lead Sub to N.E.S.T.

Christie Duryea

Assistant - After Care, Lead Sub to N.E.S.T.

Christie will complete her AMI Assistants to Infancy training Fall of 2018 at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. She received her Baking and Pastry degree from Johnson and Wales University in Miami and worked as a Pastry Chef for 10 years. The last 3 years she has been working in Montessori schools. When she is not working, Christie finds joy preparing large family dinners.